As I was checking my mileage balance on United.com, I noticed an ad for flight deals for Europe. I rarely buy tickets because I usually fly with miles, but I like to see what is on offer–if for no other reason than to see what kind of value I’m getting from my miles. I noticed that some of these prices are pretty good, and if I was actually going to BUY an airline ticket, then I might take United up on one of these offers. You can go to United.com and click on deals and offers, and then special offers, or just click here.
Here are some representative flights:
From Chicago or Houston:
From Los Angeles:
Tel Aviv $894
From San Francisco:
From Washington DC:
These are decent prices for fall/winter/spring travel. They’re not mistake fares or hacks, so anyone can book them and earn miles. Here’s an idea–book a flight to Dublin, and then buy a cheap ticket on Ryan Air to get where you need to go in Europe.
There are, of course, terms, conditions, and fine print. Here’s a recap of the caveats: Tickets must be purchased no later than October 7, 2015. That’s tomorrow!
♦ Travel must start on or after November 1, 2015, and must be completed by March 17, 2016.
♦ You have to leave the US on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
♦ You have to leave Europe on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
♦ You can’t fly during Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Years. “ Prices are not valid for travel from the US on November 20, 21, 2015, December 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 2015, or January 2, 3, 4, 5, 2016. Prices are not valid for travel to the US on November 29, 2015, December 18, 19, 20, 2015, January 2, 3, 4, 5, 2016 or March 18, 2016 through April 10, 2016.”
♥ You have to close your eyes and click your heels, and chant “There’s no place like home” while you are booking the ticket. Just kidding.
We are cruising from Venice in November, and got our award tickets on Delta a couple of months ago. But if I hadn’t booked my flights yet, I might just book one of these. If you are meeting a cruise, always check with your cruise line’s cruise air option and compare prices.